Sebastian Bassong is not playing at Tottenham much at all these days.
Seb Bassong – no return for Bassong
So with Steven Taylor out for the season with his Achilles injury, we thought that a loan move for Bassong through the end of the season would be a decent move for Newcastle to make.
Seb played 30 times in the one season he was at Newcastle, after signing on from Metz for around £500K in the summer of 2008.
He was our Player of the Season in the relegation season, and played really well for the Magpies, but the Frenchman who plays for Cameroon, wanted away following relegation, and he was eventually sold to Tottenham for £8M.
And he could have done a lot better than James Perch and Danny Simpson did yesterday at Norwich, as the patch-work central defensive pair simply didn’t have the height to be Premier League class defenders against the likes of Grant Holt.
And Norwich took all 3 points with four goals from crosses into the box, when Norwich City players had free headers that led to all four goals.
It simply wasn’ty good enough, as Alan Pardew said after the match, although in defeat there were a number of Newcastle players, like Davide Santon and super striker Demba Ba who looked very good players for the club.
But apparently there’s just no way Newcastle will take Bassong back, as before his move to London he was fined two weeks wages for refusing to play in a pre-season friendly game, according to a People report today.
And he was one of the first players to come out and say he wouldn’t stay at Newcastle if they were relegated, and that was quite a few games before Newcastle finally were doomed at Aston Villa on Sunday, 24th May, 2009 with a 1-0 defeat.
A Newcastle source told the People:
“There are still plenty of players left with us from that season and they have long memories. Bassong will not be welcome here and won’t be coming back.”
Since being 3rd top of the Premier League four games ago, with 25 points from 11 games and only 8 goals conceded, Newcastle have only one point from their last four games and have conceded 11 goals in the process.
Newcastle will sign a center-back next month, and we have to hope it’s somebody like Erik Pieters of PSV or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpellier, who can both play anywhere along the back four and are over 6′ tall and good headers of the ball.
And the news is that it will be a permanent move rather than Newcastle bringing someone in on loan as a temporary replacement for Steven Taylor.
Certainly we need a fourth specialist center-back, because without Steven Taylor, Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson the cupboard certainly looked bare yesterday.
And if Tamas Kadar is no better than Perch or Simpson in the middle of defense, then he must have no future at Newcastle, because the 6′ 2″ Hungarian couldn’t even make the bench yesterday.
The good news has to be that Coloccini, Williamson and Tiote could all return for the home game against Swansea next Saturday, where three points is what we need.